Lakewood UMC celebrates joining Reconciling Ministries with potluck
Lakewood United Methodist Church, 2443 Abrams in Dallas, is hosting a potluck dinner, 6 p.m. on Feb. 22, to celebrate Lakewood UMC’s announcement that it has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network, a group of progressive Methodist churches devoted to mobilizing United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform the UMC into a full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.

Lakewood UMC is hosting the potluck dinner in conjunction with other reconciling UMCs in the area.

“At Lakewood UMC, we are passionately and intentionally reaching out with Christ’s love to welcome and affirm our LGBTQ brothers and sisters,” Lakewood Pastor Gayle Landis said.

Lakewood UMC has had a continuous presence in Lakewood for 89 years. It is a multi-generational church dedicated to serving the Lakewood community and beyond in various ministries with children and youth, and people impacted by poverty.

Dallas Bears Chili Cookoff
Dallas Bears present its 2015 annual Chili Cook-off benefiting Dallas Bears Charities on Feb. 21 at The Hidden Door, 5025 Bowser St. Set up begins at 3:30 p.m. and tasting at 4 p.m. Judging is at 5 p.m. and awards at 5:30 p.m. Entry is free.
Best Overall Chili will be judged on taste, color, aroma, consistency and aftertaste. Categories include best overall, hottest, best preparation, best tasting, best individual and best group entry.

Abounding Prosperity, Inc. hosts Chat and Chew
Join Pocahontas Duvall at Chat and Chew 7–9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Abounding Prosperity, Inc., 2311 Martin Luther King Blvd. Chat and Chew allows trans women to get together and enjoy sisterhood while achieving their inner goals.
For more information contact Pocahontas at 214-809-3074 or

Calendar Launch Party benefits Red
Fit4Life Body Dynamics presents a calendar launch party, 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 21, at ES Collection, 3926 Cedar Springs Road. Proceeds of calendar sales benefit Dallas Red Foundation, which supports the programs of Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 20, 2015.